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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

January 5, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain.

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TOP STORIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

SALT LAKE CITY _ As the partial government shutdown drags on, private organizations, local businesses, volunteers and state governments are putting up the money and manpower to keep national parks across the U.S. open, safe and clean for visitors. But it is a makeshift arrangement that hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and trash from piling up, and it could become ineffective if the shutdown lingers. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: White House officials and congressional staffers will continue negotiations Saturday over the government shutdown, even after President Donald Trump declared he could keep it going for “months or even years.” SENT: 970 words.

ICYMI: SHUTDOWN-BORDER WALL

SAN DIEGO _ The reality of the government shutdown over a border wall is somewhat different at the Mexican border. The debate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion overlooks bottlenecks in the immigration system as more families and children turn themselves in to seek asylum. The backlog in immigration courts has soared, and U.S. authorities don’t have room to detain families. Yet Trump has focused a partial government the shutdown almost exclusively on the wall. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MUSEUM-GERMAN FIGHTER PLANE

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. _ The German Air Force has donated one of its Tornado fighter planes to the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and major preparations are underway to move the plane to its new home. The twin-engine combat aircraft is so large that 17 different agencies and businesses are helping to coordinate the move from Holloman Air Force Base to the museum grounds in Alamogordo. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PEDIATRIC CANCER-LAWSUIT: A federal appeals court has revived a woman’s negligence lawsuit over alleged substandard treatment provided to child cancer patients at the University of New Mexico Hospital in the 1980s and 1990s.

_ NEW MEXICO RACINO LICENSE: New Mexico’s five horse racetracks and casinos and their owners contributed at least $60,000 in political donations to the campaign of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

_ STATE CAPITOL-STAIRWAY LAWSUIT: A leader of a prominent New Mexico teachers union is suing the state Legislature’s administrators after she claims she was hurt when she fell down a statehouse staircase.

_ NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE-CYCLIST: A state lawmaker from southern New Mexico is embarking on a nearly 300-mile journey to the State Capitol for the upcoming legislative session.

_ NAVAJO ROADS-WEATHER: The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs says its employees will be clearing roads on the Navajo Nation over the weekend despite the federal government shutdown.

SPORTS:

BKC--NEVADA-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Nevada plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

BKN--HORNETS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Charlotte Hornets visit the Denver Nuggets.

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